CPS resigns for CBI probe into graft charge against minister
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 00:05
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS), who levelled corruption charges against Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla, today submitted his resignation to Chief Minister.

In his "conditional" resignation letter, Jagdish Sahni, the BJP MLA from Batala has sought a CBI probe into the allegations against the minister.

Sahni, who was locked in a verbal spat with Chawla till BJP leadership asked them not to air their views publicly, called on Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and submitted a three-page resignation letter detailing a list of around 20 charges against Chawla.

Sahni said his resignation be accepted only if he had done something wrong which damaged the image of the party.

This was Sahni's third resignation letter in the past few days with the earlier two being handed over to state BJP chief Ashwini Sharma and BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

Sahni said he had only protested against Chawla's "high handedness" and alleged that the minister had indulged in corruption in purchase of generators, unfair distribution of opium to manufacturers of Ayurvedic medicine and re-employment of retired personnel.

Meanwhile, sources said the resignation was not yet accepted by the Chief Minister.


First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 00:05

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